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Sixteenth National Indian Nations Conference: Justice for Victims of Crime

Sixteenth National Indian Nations Conference: Justice for Victims of Crime

The purpose of the conference is to bring together Native American victims, victim advocates, tribal leaders, victim service providers, community volunteers, prosecutors, judicial and law enforcement personnel, family violence and sexual assault specialists, medical providers, social services and mental health personnel, probation/corrections, criminal justice and juvenile justice personnel, as well as federal and state agency representatives to share their knowledge, experiences, and ideas for developing programs that serve the unique needs of crime victims in Indian Country.

Press Releases

Report Released on Statewide Efforts to Improve Law Enforcement Responses to People with Mental Illnesses

NEW YORK—The Council of State Governments (CSG) Justice Center released a new report today that highlights statewide initiatives for supporting local-level specialized policing responses (SPRs) for people with mental illnesses. SPRs are designed to help individuals in crisis connect to community-based treatment and supports, when appropriate, instead of becoming involved in the criminal justice system.

Governor Corbett Signs Justice Reinvestment; Other Law Enforcement Bills

HARRISBURG, Pa.– Governor Tom Corbett today signed House Bill 135, the second phase of the Justice Reinvestment Initiative that will redirect funds from corrections to communities.

Corbett also signed into law several other pieces of legislation, all related to Pennsylvania’s criminal justice system.

Recent headlines

New Allentown Program Looks at Violence like a Disease That Can Be Treated

“Every act of violence is precipitated by another act of violence,” said Hasshan Batts, the director of operations for Promise Neighborhoods of the Lehigh Valley. “So if someone is a survivor of a violent act, we would like to talk to them. We want to have crisis workers available 24-7.”

Woodland Police HOST Team Offers Insight on Daily Routine

“They are people too, and some feel that they don’t belong,” police officer Gina Bell said simply before leaving the office dressed in her brown shirt and green pants, which designate the Homeless Outreach Street Team from regular patrol staff who are dressed in traditional blue. “It breaks my heart since we are trying to help them.”

Teaching Police to Holster Their Emotions

Crisis-intervention training teaches officers to recognize symptoms of mental illness while conditioning them to decelerate their approach to someone in distress. Common tactics involve remaining at a distance to avoid startling or riling the person, attempting to persuade instead of demanding compliance, and posing open-ended questions to nurture conversation.